John Zambarano, 69, of Comstock Road, North Smithfield, died Friday, November 9, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Cheryl (Allard) Zambarano. They had been married for 44 years.
Born in Providence, he is a son of Alma M. (McOsker) Zambarano of Johnston and the late Lawrence A. Zambarano. He had lived in North Smithfield for 12 years. He had previously lived in North Providence.
John started his career working at NUSC in Newport for 15 years. He worked as the Budget Director for Roger Williams Hospital for a short time before he was an Assistant Manager for a private property developer in Providence.
He was also a commissioner for the North Providence Housing Authority.
He worked as a Contract Specialist for the Providence Housing Authority, but his greatest achievement was to be appointed the Executive Director of the Attleboro and Seekonk Housing Authority. Retiring in October of 2018 after 17 yrs. He was thought of highly by a number of his peers and associates. He also wrote and created the first ever Maintenance Operations Manuel for the housing industry. John was a dedicated, caring person who would go the extra mile to help anyone in need.
John loved to work outside planting, doing woodworking, reading and working on his computer.
He will also be missed dearly by his bichon, shih Tzu puppy, Bella.
He was a 1967 graduate of LaSalle Academy in Providence. After high school he served in the US Air Force. John received his Bachelor of Science from the University of RI and his Bachelor of Arts from Bryant University.
Besides his wife and mother he is survived by his daughters: Jennifer L. Zambarano-Dolbashian and her husband, Darren of Johnston, Jessica A. Zambarano of North Attleboro, his grandson, Braydon J. Dolbashian and his siblings: Cynthia A. Carlozzi and Thomas E. Zambarano, both of Johnston.
A funeral service will be held Thursday evening at 6:30pm in the Anderson-Winfield Funeral Home, Rt 44 at Greenville Common, Greenville. Visitation will be from 4 pm until 6:30pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 www.danafarbergiving.org